dundalk fc partner with the dkit sports leadership course

Dundalk FC partner with the DKIT Sports Leadership Course

11 November 2008

On Wednesday 5th November at Oriel Park and the Enda McGuill Suite Dundalk FCs partnership with the DKIT and their Sports Leadership course was officially acknowledge and plans to deliver FAI Qualified soccer coaching sessions to primary school children

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Dundalk FC are delighted to link up with the DKIT and in particular, the BA (Hons) in Community Sports Leadership course and its lecturers David Cranny and Michael McCorry. The club strongly believe that this course is providing the foundation for future coaches who will hopefully go on and coach soccer at schoolboy levels, junior levels and right up to senior League of Ireland levels and beyond.

FAI Regional Development Officer, Michael Neville, was also welcomed. Michael is responsible for delivering the FAI’s coaching courses and has a remit to develop soccer at grassroots level throughout County Louth. Dundalk FC has and is continuing to partner up with Michael on various community programs that will develop soccer here.

The details of the partnership with the DKIT is that six schools from the Dundalk area will receive 5 weeks of soccer coaching from the 1st and 2nd years on the Sports Leadership Course culminating in a schools soccer blitz on December 5th in JJB. The coaches who have FAI Kick Start 1 and 2 qualifications have the tools to deliver enjoyable and inclusive soccer coaching sessions to primary school children. Three coaches per school will take the one-hour sessions per week and will be flanked by Dundalk FC’s Head of Youth Development, Martin Connolly and where possible, Dundalk FC Senior Players. The six schools on the program are as follows:

  • CBS Dundalk
  • St Joseph’s NS
  • Gaelscoil Dhun Dealgan
  • Friary Boys School
  • Blackrock NS
  • Muire Na Ngael (Bay Estate)

Dundalk FC and the board feel that this partnership and the details of the soccer coaching fits perfectly into the clubs overall community program, which is to promote soccer and provide a platform for players, coaches and managers to display their talent at the best possible level in Ireland.

Over the next couple of weeks and months the club will be working closely with Dundalk Schoolboys League, FAI and their Emerging Talent Group, FAS Representatives, DKIT and Louth’s Local Sports Partnership, to develop a comprehensive community program that will include and provide a soccer for all theme.

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